Flavio Alves

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Flávio Alves
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Flávio Alves on the set of The Secret Friend, New York, March 23rd, 2009
Born Flávio Pimenta Alves
(1969-11-30) November 30, 1969 (age 47)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Residence New York City, New York
Nationality Brazilian
Education Columbia University
New York University
Occupation Film director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 2006-present
Website http://www.FlavioAlves.com

Flávio Pimenta Alves (born 30 November 1969) is a Brazilian writer, screenwriter, and film director resident in America since 1998. His movies consistently feature elderly characters as protagonists.[1] He is best known for the film Tom in America, starring Burt Young and Sally Kirkland.[2]

Early years[edit]

Alves was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and served the Brazilian navy for several years before coming to America in 1997. He was granted political asylum in the United States in 1998 based on political opinion and sexual orientation after he wrote the book, Toque de Silêncio ("Call to Silence", 1997), describing his life as a gay man in the Brazilian navy.[3] His request was granted because, according to Alves, he received death threats upon publishing his book. Although various human rights organizations, LGBT activists, and former São Paulo mayor Marta Suplicy supported his claim, it has also divided the Brazilian gay community.[4] He attended Columbia University in New York City, where he earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science. In the early 2000s he worked as an assistant for then-Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and then-New York Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY).[5]


In 2007, Alves left politics and enrolled at New York University to study film production. While there he wrote and directed, Even in My Dreams, which received the Technisphere Award from NYU for best student film, and was screened at a variety of film festivals around the world. The film was also the winner of the Golden Palm Award at the 2009 Mexico International Film Festival, and the Golden Ace Award at the 2009 Las Vegas International Film Festival.[6][7] In June 2010, Flavio released his short film The Secret Friend, starring Viola Harris and Siobhan Fallon in the major roles.[8][9] The film received multiple awards and nominations after its premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2010, where it was chosen as Best of the Fest.[1][10][11]

Alves’ most recent film, Tom in America, starring Academy Award nominees, Burt Young and Sally Kirkland, has been screened at over 130 film festivals worldwide, and was also featured on the cable network HereTV.[12] Flavio is currently in post-production for his upcoming film, The Garden Left Behind, starring Michael Madsen and Ed Asner. The Garden Left Behind is Alves’s first feature length film as a director and it is scheduled to be released Spring 2017. [13][14]

Ebay Campaign[edit]

While in pre-production for his upcoming film, The Garden Left Behind, Alves and his team pioneered the use of eBay as a crowdfunding platform. The unprecedented success experienced during this campaign revamped typical crowdfunding methods. The film became the first independent film to be funded substantially through donations and sales via eBay.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Flavio lives in Forest Hills, New York. In April 2010, Alves became a US citizen. As of 2013, he has been a member of the National Board of Review.



  • 2014: Tom in America
  • 2013: Only Solomon Lee
  • 2012: Art Machine
  • 2012: The Perfect Wedding
  • 2011: Odysseus' Gambit
  • 2011: Eve
  • 2010: Case Closed
  • 2010: The Position
  • 2010: The Secret Friend, the film adaptation of the short story, O Amigo Secreto (The Secret Friend), by João Silvério Trevisan
  • 2010: The Masterpiece
  • 2010: The Empty Playground
  • 2009: Os Restos do Dia
  • 2009: Human Being
  • 2009: We All Fall Down: The American Mortgage Crisis
  • 2009: Os Teus Últimos Dias Como Criança
  • 2008: Even in My Dreams
  • 2008: Tom and Jeraldine
  • 2008: Pasta
  • 2007: SuperPower
  • 2007: Good Dreams
  • 2007: Cap XV:12
  • 2006: The Kid



Flavio Alves receives the Storyteller Award at the Savannah Film Festival, Savannah, GA, 06 November 2010


  1. ^ a b Canfield, Sean (September 4, 2011), "The Secret Friend - Film Review", The Daily Rotation, retrieved 2012-01-13 
  2. ^ Desroches, Jim (June 13, 2014), "'Tom in America' Touches on Gay Feelings of Married Men", Palm Springs Life, retrieved 2016-10-15 
  3. ^ Desroches, Steve (June 25, 2002), "The long road to safety", The Advocate, retrieved 2008-12-10 
  4. ^ Brasil, Sandra (May 5, 2004), País com parada gay não é homofóbico, Veja, retrieved 2008-12-12 
  5. ^ Invictus, Fixx (March 21, 2009), "Flavio Alves: Provocative Film maker and ex political asylum detainee", Scallywag & Vagabond, retrieved 2012-01-13 
  6. ^ Grace, Toby (September 24, 2008), Movie Review - Even in My Dreams, Out in Jersey, retrieved 2008-12-12 
  7. ^ New York University Online Interview with Flavio Alves, NYU-SCPS Filmmaking Intensive Alum Scores Success at Film Festivals, December 18, 2008, via New York University.com
  8. ^ IMDB List of Cast and Crew
  9. ^ Hall, Phil (January 12, 2011). "The Secret Friend". Film Threat. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  10. ^ Propes, Richard (June 2011), "The Secret Friend - Film Review", The Independent Critic, retrieved 2012-01-13 
  11. ^ Official site, Screenings & Awards page, January 13, 2012
  12. ^ Official site, Screenings & Awards page, August 15, 2016
  13. ^ "Crafting Stories with Filmmaker Flavio Alves - interview by Madeleine Cutrona — NYFA Current". Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  14. ^ IMDB List of Cast and Crew
  15. ^ "Brief: Independent Feature Film “The Garden Left Behind” Uses ebay to Crowdfund Production by Samantha Hurst — Crowdfund Insider". Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  16. ^ "Brief: One Man's Junk is Another's Movie crowdfunding Campaign — Right This Minute - The Viral Videos Show=03 August 2016". 

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